Human Parts
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How discovering I have aphantasia has changed the way I see the world, my work, and the power of the mind

My name is Casey Lawrence, and I am a writer with aphantasia.

From the prefix a- meaning “without,” and the Greek root word phantasia, meaning “imagination,” aphantasia describes people who lack the ability to produce mental images. When I close my eyes, I see static — not pictures. Until I…

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The author of “Writers and Lovers” talks about her new short story collection, “5 Tuesdays in Winter”

When Lily King’s novel Writers and Lovers was published in March 2020 — a coming of age tale about a woman starting her writing career in Cambridge, MA — the book quickly earned a following for its earnest depiction of the struggles and realities of a writing life, quickly becoming…

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The same story, told in exactly 100, 500, 1000, and 3000 words

A brief explanation:

This November, in lieu of NaNoWriMo, I’ve challenged myself to write something every day based on the daily writing prompts posted by Ravyne Hawke for the publication Promptly Written. The fiction prompt for 4 November reads:

You run into someone from High School that you haven’t seen for a decade…

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‘Marilou Is Everywhere,’ one day at a time

Former party girls know how it is: Each night is a sheet of fresh ice. You go skating across it, feeling young and free and invincible. You go faster and faster. You start falling down, and it’s funny at first. Everybody is laughing, too. Play another song on the jukebox…

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This writer’s take: You can write whatever you want. But you have to keep a few things in mind.

You may have heard about the “Bad Art Friend” scandal, I mean, clickbait, I mean, Twitter fun.

I know that my friends and I can’t seem to stop texting about it (complete with “don’t subpoena this group chat” gallows humor). I write autofiction, also called fiction, and personal essays. I…

Human Parts

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